This Week In Sales: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Begins Its Quest


Period: The week of April 21st – April 27th (2014)

Top-seller: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (PSV) – 145,029

Nintendo 3DS sales: 6,073 | Total sales: 9,476,207

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 27,914 | Total sales: 5,987,389

PlayStation Vita sales: 22,394 | Total sales: 2,741,989

Vita TV sales: 1,548 | 107,942

Wii U sales: 5,710 | Total sales: 1,714,122

PlayStation 4 sales: 12,712 | 546,881

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Last week saw the release of Bandai Namco’s Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for the PS Vita. The game, which was the best-selling new release for the week, sold 145,029 copies in its first week, slightly outdoing the launch sales of its predecessor, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment.


Infinity Moment was released on PSP in 2013, and sold 138,180 copies in its first week.


At the #2 spot was Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for the Nintendo 3DS. The game, which is an updated version of the original Theatrhythm, sold 80,523 copies in its first week. Owing to a Nintendo 3DS XL bundle, Curtain Call boosted sales of the 3DS XL model for the week.


At #3 was Yo-kai Watch, with another 43,136 copies sold. The game has sold 800,000 copies in Japan thus far, and it should be interesting to see how just many of these users opt to buy Yo-kai Watch 2 at launch, when the game releases in July.


From there on, however, the state of software sales was rather poor. Everything below the #5 spot sold less than 12,000 copies, and that includes other new releases for the week, such as Nippon Ichi’s I Thought it’d be Harem Paradise but it Turned Out Yandere Hell. That game sold 4,000 copies.


Meanwhile, it looks like NES Remix—both 1 and 2—got a retail release together in Japan. NES Remix 1+2 sold 11,079 copies during the week.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment145,029NewPSVBandai Namco
New02.Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call80,523New3DSSquare Enix
01.03.Yo-kai Watch43,136798,0463DSLevel 5
05.04.Mario Party: Island Tour15,654320,4893DSNintendo
04.05.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z12,240186,396PS3Bandai Namco
New06.NES Remix 1+211,079NewWiiUNintendo
New07.BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma10,709NewPSVArc System Works
06.08.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z8,678154,669PSVBandai Namco
04.09.Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection6,47333,3983DSCapcom
10.10.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes6,444204,498PS3Konami
13.11.Kirby Triple Deluxe6,326559,9033DSNintendo
14.12.Pokémon X and Y6,0014,040,6303DSPokémon Co.
07.13.Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Tokimeki UP!5,92618,2413DSNintendo
11.14.Samurai Warriors 45,392218,011PS3Tecmo Koei
03.15.Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn4,85836,185PS4Square Enix
New16.Monster Hunter Frontier GG Premium Package4,689NewPS3Capcom
New17.Maple Story: Unmei no Shoujo4,203New3DSNexon
New18.I Thought it’d be Harem Paradise but it Turned Out Yandere Hell4,101NewPS3Nippon Ichi
New19.Muv-Luv Photon flowers4,090NewPS35pb.
17.20.Just Dance Wii U4,00033,934WiiUNintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.


Note: Next week’s sales column will be posted a day later than usual (May 8th), due to Japan’s Golden Week holiday.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.